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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Gods of Egypt

Gods of Egypt playing cards dedicated to the culture of Ancient Egypt.

Gods of Egypt

Gunfighters

Gunfighters playing cards from the Wild West Series by SPCC, 2018.

Gunfighters

Native American Warriors

Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018.

Native American Warriors

Star Kings

Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, 2017.

Star Kings

Pekelna Horugva

“Pekelna Horugva” is the second deck designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko, manufactured by Nage Cards, Saint-Petersburg, 2012

Pekelna Horugva

Robocards by Artua

This art project by Artua consists of four cards which were inspired by robots and the stories of Isaac Asimov and the Three Laws of Robotics.

Robocards by Artua

16th Century Kings and Queens by Oksana Pushnjak

Oksana Pushnjak has created a set of cards depicting 16th century kings and queens of Europe.

16th Century Kings and Queens by Oksana Pushnjak